Monta Ellis won’t be playing on this road trip. He won’t be rejoining the team until Sunday, which is when he’s schedule to fly back to Oakland, according to his agent, Jeff Fried.
But members of the organization aren’t convinced Monta’s only reason for leaving was the family matter he had to tend to. According to team sources, some believe Ellis’ sudden departure was partly a gesture of his unhappiness. Here are the reasons given by the various sources:
* He skipped the team photo shoot, which took place on Friday before the game (those type of things are always pet peeves of management)
* When Monta left, he took a lot of luggage. So much that some thought he had planned to be gone much longer than a few days.
* Ellis has been showing several signs of discontent lately. He, at times hasn’t taken part in huddles. He’s been late to shootarounds and practices without so much as an excuse. He’s been known to mumble – during moments of frustration on the court, like when he was taken out late in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City and didn’t return – that the Warriors need to trade him.
It’s obvious to me what this is about. Ellis is still upset that the Warriors are hanging the contract termination over his head even after fining him $3 million. Add to that things haven’t been going so easy on the court. His numbers are down. Nellie’s got a quicker trigger with him. His ankle stiffens up. IMHO, Ellis has a lot to be unhappy about. How he handles it, though, will be key to his growth as a player and a leader.